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New Far-reaching Restrictions on Flame Retardant “decaBDE” to Enter into Force

24 Feb 2017

On 10 February 2017, the Official Journal published Regulation 2017/227 introducing further restrictions on the use of bis(pentabromophenyl) ether, more commonly referred to as decaBDE. This is a wide...Read More


Reform of EU Trade Defence Instruments to be Discussed in Three-way Institutional Talks

24 Feb 2017

It is reported that the new rules concerning the EU’s trade defence instruments are to be negotiated in so-called trilogues between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of ...Read More


EU Extends Anti-dumping and Anti-subsidy Duties on Chinese Solar Cells and Solar Panels

24 Feb 2017

On 17 February 2017, EU Member State delegates voted on the highly controversial European Commission proposal to counter unfair pricing methods and state aid linked to solar cells and solar panels ori...Read More


Commission Proposes to Exclude Used Electronics from Restrictions

24 Feb 2017

On 26 January 2017, the European Commission unveiled a new proposal to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2); the current EU legislation setting out restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substanc...Read More


EU Harmonises Classification of Certain Items

24 Feb 2017

In early February 2017, the European Commission has published six regulations concerning the classification of goods in the Combined Nomenclature (CN). These goods consist of a single glass shelf, thu...Read More


Commission Adopts Guidelines for Self-regulation Measures Concluded by Industry

24 Feb 2017

The European Commission has issued guidelines for self-regulation measures concluded by industry (the Guidelines), under Directive 2009/125/EC establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign req...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

24 Feb 2017

On 17 February 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/272 initiating an investigation concerning the possible circumvention of anti-dumping measures imposed by Co...Read More


Official Journal Summary

24 Feb 2017

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/285 of 15 February 2017 concerning the classification of certain goods in the Combined Nomenclature....Read More


CEN Publishes EN 71-12:2016 for Toy Safety

16 Feb 2017

The CEN has published toy safety standard EN 71-12:2016 for n-nitrosamines and n-nitrosatable substances. Conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn by June 2017 at the very latest. In Decembe...Read More


Member State Officials Vote in Favour of Stringent Limits for Phenol in Certain Toys

10 Feb 2017

On 10 January 2017, Member States formally approved a proposal to introduce a restriction on the use of phenol in toys intended for children less than three years and in other toys intended to be plac...Read More


Proposal to Extend Anti-dumping Duties on Chinese Solar Panels Opposed by Some Member States

10 Feb 2017

On 26 January 2017, during a meeting of trade officials from the EU Member States, a majority voted against the European Commission’s proposal to extend the anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels...Read More


EU’s Highest Court Paves Way for Claiming Interest in Cases Where Duties were Levied in Breach of EU Law

10 Feb 2017

On 18 January 2017, the EU’s top-most court, the Court of Justice (ECJ), delivered a judgment that will be very relevant to both customs and anti-dumping law, and therefore for Hong Kong and Chinese m...Read More


Commission Introduces New Ecodesign Rules for Certain Heating and Cooling Products

10 Feb 2017

The European Commission has recently published Commission Regulation 2016/2281 establishing ecodesign requirements for the placing on the market of air heating products, cooling products, high tempera...Read More


EU Hails OECD Support While Promoting Sustainable Trade in Shoes and Clothes

10 Feb 2017

On 6 December 2016, the EU and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) co-hosted a meeting in Phnom Penh addressing sustainability and the protection of human rights in the ga...Read More


Commission Publishes Strategy on the EU's Customs Union

10 Feb 2017

On 21 December 2016, the European Commission published a long-term strategic plan to improve the management of the EU’s Customs Union. The Commission’s vision is presented in a Communication to the Eu...Read More


Anti-dumping Actions

10 Feb 2017

On 27 January 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/141 imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of certain stainless steel tube and pipe butt-welding ...Read More


Official Journal Summary

10 Feb 2017

Corrigendum to Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1969 of 12 September 2016 amending Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009 setting up a Community regime for the control of exports, transfer, brok...Read More


As EU and China Wrangle over MES, Concerns Abound over European Commission’s Trade Defence Proposal

27 Jan 2017

The EU and mainland China are currently in the throes of preparing for their first WTO dispute on the latter’s market economy treatment since 11 December 2016. That date heralded the expiry of certain...Read More


British Prime Minister Reveals Brexit Negotiating Objectives, Suggesting a “Hard” Brexit; Impact on Trade Unavoidable, but Uncertainty Remains

27 Jan 2017

On 17 January 2017, the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, revealed her government’s negotiating objectives for Brexit, setting out her vision of a United Kingdom outside the European Union. During her s...Read More


Deadline for Rohs Law Adoption by Member States Paves Way for Wider Ban on Harmful Chemicals

27 Jan 2017

Hong Kong’s electronics vendors selling to consumers located in the EU should be reminded of a major amendment to the EU’s framework law restricting hazardous substances in electrical and electronic e...Read More

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